Oia's Audio Outdoorist

Synopsis

Dig deep into the issues facing outdoor brands and retailers, from domestic vs. international manufacturing to brick-and-mortar vs. online commerce. Conversations with CEOs, VPs, supply chain reps, retail clerks, marketing gurus and an occasional celebrity outdoorist offer valuable insights and entertainment about the business of playing outdoors.

Episodes

  • Campfire Conversation

    Campfire Conversation

    07/05/2020 Duration: 51min

    Amid COVID-19, states across the country implemented stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, all with different closure rules and requirements for local, county, state and national public lands, parks and trails. Now, as the country begins to contemplate reopening those outdoor assets, there are many questions and considerations about how to do it expeditiously but safely. Directors from several state outdoor recreation and parks and wildlife offices gather around the fire to chat about what conversation they’re having with other government and land management agencies, outdoor businesses and participants in their states; what usage and access trends have emerged during the pandemic; and how outdoor businesses have been and can continue to be leaders in their communities as Americans rediscover the benefits of time spent outside.

  • Outdoor Retailer Summer Market — Day 3

    Outdoor Retailer Summer Market — Day 3

    19/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    In this short episode, we look back on the highlights of Day 2 at OR and preview a few of the can’t miss events on Day 3 at Summer Market. You can view Thursday's full OIA events and education agenda here: outdoorindustry.org/event/oia-outdoor-retailer/ To learn more about the work OIA does year round on behalf of its member companies, click here: outdoorindustry.org/        

  • Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2019—Day 2

    Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2019—Day 2

    18/06/2019 Duration: 10min

    In this short episode, we look back on the highlights of Day 1 at OR and preview a few of the can’t miss events on Day 2 at Summer Market. You can view Wednesday's full OIA events and education agenda here: outdoorindustry.org/event/oia-outdoor-retailer/ To learn more about the work OIA does year round on behalf of its member companies, click here: outdoorindustry.org/

  • Sustainability Series: How NEMO and Showers Pass are Making Sustainability a Priority

    Sustainability Series: How NEMO and Showers Pass are Making Sustainability a Priority

    30/04/2019 Duration: 25min

    You’ve got sustainability questions; we’ve got answers. Wherever you are on your journey to sustainability, we’re here to help. In 2019, we are helping OIA companies to Walk the Walk by hosting a series of sustainability boot camps. They are designed to help small to mid-sized brands that have limited to no dedicated sustainability staff or expertise to accelerate sustainability improvements and meet (or exceed) customer expectations. The camps are intensive full-day sessions combining engaging speakers, educational content, hands-on activities and take-home resources. The goal is for participants to leave the boot camp with more confidence and clarity around what is a complex topic. They will leave with a customized action plan so that they can champion sustainability within their brand, establish their organization’s strategy and program and take the next steps.   The first boot camp was held in Seattle, Washington, in March, and it hit capacity. The second camp is scheduled for June 16 in Denver, the day b

  • OIA’s First Big Win of 2019: LWCF Permanent Reauthorization

    OIA’s First Big Win of 2019: LWCF Permanent Reauthorization

    04/03/2019 Duration: 13min

    Last week, in an overwhelming display of bipartisan support, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Natural Resources Management Act. This comes after it successfully passed through the Senate earlier in February, which means it now goes to the president for his signature. This is an enormous win for the outdoor industry, as the package includes many different components, including permanent reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In this episode, OIA’s Managing Content Editor Deborah Williams sits down with Patricia Rojas-Ungar, OIA’s vice president of government affairs, who recently joined the association. They’ll talk about about what this milestone means for the industry and our members, and the work that still needs to be done. More here: https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/

  • The Lame Duck, Part 2

    The Lame Duck, Part 2

    21/12/2018 Duration: 15min

    In the past two weeks, America has experienced what can only be described as whiplash as Congressional leadership, the Senate, House and President Trump bicker over funding priorities and principles. The President has flip-flopped on his insistence for border wall funding and his threats of government shutdown. On December 13, the day we recorded part 1 of this two-part Lame Duck series, we were still optimistic that a handful of important public lands bills—including the Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization—would get attached to a large omnibus funding package. We were also optimistic Congress and the President would avert a shutdown. Unfortunately, hope for the omnibus package—and with it public lands bills—eroded early this week. As of the time we recorded this episode, a continuing resolution hadn’t yet been reached. OIA Government Affairs Manager Jess Wahl again helps us understand how the disagreements in Washington stymied progress for critical public land policy that, ironically, has more

  • The Lame Duck, Part 1

    The Lame Duck, Part 1

    11/12/2018 Duration: 25min

    When the calendar turns over to January 2019, we'll welcome many new faces on Capital Hill. Likewise, we'll say goodbye to any legislative measures on Congress's docket that do not get passed before the Senate and House of Representatives adjourn for the year. In this episode, OIA's Jessica Wahl talks to Deborah Williams about the work that OIA is doing to get bills passed before the finish line and how this will impact the outdoor industry. 

  • The Many Faces of LWCF | Biking PGH to DC

    The Many Faces of LWCF | Biking PGH to DC

    14/11/2018 Duration: 39min

    This episode is the third in a series about the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s premier federal program that reinvests offshore energy revenue into conservation to ensure that we all have access to the outdoors. Congress created the LWCF almost a half-century ago to guarantee America’s natural, historic and outdoor recreation heritage. Most likely, there’s a park, trail, greenway or waterway very close to you that was funded in part or in whole by LWCF dollars. In this episode, host Ben Schenck discovers that not only can he see the impacts of LWCF out his window, he can actually bike all the way from his home in Pittsburgh to our nation’s capitol on a series of trails that were connected thanks to LWCF dollars. Travel along with Ben as he rides more than 300 miles and learns about the history of the trail system. Along the way he meets other outdoorists who are thru-biking or section-biking and -hiking the Great Allegheny Passage Trail and the C&O Canal Towpath. On September 30 of this

  • ORWM 18: Night 2

    ORWM 18: Night 2

    09/11/2018 Duration: 05min

    Saturday is Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, and it will feature the third of our OIA lunch sessions. Hear from OIA’s new State and Local Policy Director David Weinstein about the lunch panel he’ll moderate to bring attendees up to speed on the growing trend of state outdoor recreation offices. Learn what you can do for them and what they can do for you. Also, find out about the resources and goodies on offer at the OIA booth, #30001-UL of the Colorado Convention Center. View Saturday’s full OIA events and education agenda here.   Click here to learn more about the work OIA does year round on behalf of its member companies.

  • ORWM 18: Night 1

    ORWM 18: Night 1

    08/11/2018 Duration: 06min

    This is our short preview of what’s coming up on Day 2 of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. In this episode we again hear from OIA Executive Director Amy Roberts about Friday’s OIA lunch session. The topic: “How Change Happens: Why do some social movements succeed while others don’t?” Roberts explains why she invited author Leslie Crutchfield to talk at this year’s trade show and how Crutchield’s expertise can help guide the outdoor industry moving forward into 2019 and beyond. Also on the agenda Friday is a sustainability session for anyone who wants to increase their understanding of and involvement with the Higg Index as they develop their company’s sustainability work. You can view Friday’s full OIA events and education agenda here.   Click here to learn more about the work OIA does year round on behalf of its member companies.

  • ORWM 18: Night 0

    ORWM 18: Night 0

    07/11/2018 Duration: 07min

    In this short episode, we preview a few of the can’t miss events on Day 1 of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, which begins Thursday, November 8, in Denver. Beginning with the Industry Breakfast at 7 a.m. and ending with the Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award, the first day is packed with informative and inspiring programming. OIA’s Executive Director Amy Roberts talks about breakfast keynote Leslie Ghize of the TOBE Report, who will share insights about how today’s brands and specialty retailers can thrive in the changing retail landscape. And OIA Political Director Alex Boian explains why the Thursday lunch session recapping the 2018 midterm election campaigns will help attendees understand how the turnout and outcomes affect OIA’s policy agenda in Washington D.C. and in state houses around the country. You can view Thursday’s full OIA events and education agenda here. Click here to learn more about the work OIA does year round on behalf of its member companies.

  • Jimmy Chin on Free Solo and #VoteTheOutdoors

    Jimmy Chin on Free Solo and #VoteTheOutdoors

    04/10/2018 Duration: 14min

    In this short interview, OIA’s managing content editor Deborah Williams sits down with Jimmy Chin to talk about to talk about the newest film that he and his wife, documentary filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi created about Alex Honnold's free solo climb of El Cap: National Geographic’s Free Solo. Jimmy talks about the ethical questions that arose throughout the project and the team’s desire to reflect an accurate and unflinching portrait of Alex Honnold. He also talks about why this project and the work that he does as a photographer and North Face athlete are so important to helping people—within and outside the outdoor industry—understand the value of our public lands and waters. Take a listen, and then go see this incredible film, which is coming to theaters nationwide this month. You can find out more at freesolofilm.com With the impending midterm elections, we have released OIA's first ever Voter's Guide. First and foremost, we encourage everyone out there to vote - but more than that, we want you to vote info

  • Live from OR | Daily Digest, Day 3

    Live from OR | Daily Digest, Day 3

    25/07/2018 Duration: 04min

    Live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO, Deborah Williams brings you the highlights of the day's news, must-attend events, and the hottest products.

  • Live from OR | Daily Digest, Day 2

    Live from OR | Daily Digest, Day 2

    24/07/2018 Duration: 06min

    Live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO, Deborah Williams brings you the highlights of the day's news, must-attend events, and the hottest products.

  • Live from OR | Daily Digest, Day 1

    Live from OR | Daily Digest, Day 1

    23/07/2018 Duration: 08min

    Live from Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver, CO, Deborah Williams brings you the highlights of the day's news, must-attend events, and the hottest products.

  • The Many Faces of LWCF | Denver, Part 2 | Rocky Mountain National Park

    The Many Faces of LWCF | Denver, Part 2 | Rocky Mountain National Park

    12/07/2018 Duration: 22min

    In this 2-part episode, Deborah Williams talks about a couple places and an issue that are important to her as an outdoorist, a Denverite and a Coloradan. The places are the Montbello Open Space Park and iconic Rocky Mountain National Park, and they are both recipients of Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. She visits both in this 2-part episode, and she speaks with with some of the projects’ stakeholders from the Turst for Public Land, The North Face, Environmental Learning for Kids about how LWCF dollars were put to work.

  • The Many Faces of LWCF | Denver, Part 1 | Montbello Open Space Park

    The Many Faces of LWCF | Denver, Part 1 | Montbello Open Space Park

    12/07/2018 Duration: 27min

    In this 2-part episode, Deborah Williams talks about a couple places and an issue that are important to her as an outdoorist, a Denverite and a Coloradan. The places are the Montbello Open Space Park and iconic Rocky Mountain National Park, and they are both recipients of Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars. She visits both in this 2-part episode, and she speaks with with some of the projects’ stakeholders from the Turst for Public Land, The North Face, Environmental Learning for Kids about how LWCF dollars were put to work.

  • Cailin OBrien-Feeney selected to head Oregons Office of Outdoor Recreation

    Cailin O'Brien-Feeney selected to head Oregon's Office of Outdoor Recreation

    05/07/2018 Duration: 16min

    Cailin O'Brien-Feeney, OIA's State and Local Policy Manager for the past three years, has been hired to head the Office of Outdoor Recreation for the state of Oregon. In this interview, Deborah Williams, OIA's managing content editor, interviews Cailin about what he's accomplished over the past three years in his current role and what his first course of action will be once he arrives in Oregon.   Check out https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/ to see what your state is doing and what you can do to advocate for outdoor recreation. 

  • Climate Crusaders: Protect Our Winters and New Belgium Brewing

    Climate Crusaders: Protect Our Winters and New Belgium Brewing

    18/05/2018 Duration: 35min

    On todays episode, you'll hear from a couple of "Climate Crusaders" - individuals who have made it their mission to reduce their and their businesses' impact on the planet. First, we’ll hear from Mario Molina, the executive director of Protect Our Winters. POW is leading the way in climate advocacy and creating a movement among snow sports enthusiasts and professional athletes to speak up to politicians. Mario will be speaking at the Outdoor Industry Climate Leadership Summit, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, on the first day of MountainFilm. Next we’ll hear from Kim Jordan, the co-founder and now board chair of New Belgium Brewing. Since it’s founding in 1991, New Belgium has invested dollars, time, and employees in discovering creative ways to conserve energy in their beer production. It’s a philosophy that has not only paid off for the company and the environment, but one that can inspire other companies in the outdoor industry. Want to learn how you can get involved in OIA’s s

  • State and Local Advocacy with Cailin OBrien-Feeney and Stewart Lewis

    State and Local Advocacy with Cailin O'Brien-Feeney and Stewart Lewis

    01/03/2018 Duration: 26min

    In this episode, OIA’s managing content editor Deborah Williams talks with Cailin O’Brien-Feeney and Stewart Lewis, who make up the local policy arm of our government affairs team. Cailin and Stewart will explain the work they’re doing to move legislative initiatives around outdoor recreation and access in a few key states, as well as their involvement with state offices of outdoor recreation, a trend that’s on the rise across the country.       If you want to get involved, visit our advocacy webpage - http://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/ - to learn more about the federal and state bills that OIA is tracking. There you can also find our Recreation Economy Report, opportunities for you to engage with our policy work, and other helpful recreation and trade policy resources. Finally, if you’re active on social media, you can join the Outdoor Advocate Network on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/OutdoorAdvocateNetwork - and follow OIA on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/OutdoorIndustryAssociation/.

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